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Battle erupts over calls to halt frenzy of waste export to Asia

By Greg PitcherThe export of waste to Asia was fiercely defended this week as fresh condemnation was poured onto the practice.Figures released by the Environment Agency and reported in the national press showed that more than 200,000 tonnes of plastic and 500,000 tonnes of paper recovered in the UK is likely to end up in China this year.This led to calls from environmental groups, politicians and recyclers for action to keep more material in the UK.